Celebrate the Art of Picture Books

Planning your next vacation? Love picture books? Check out these museums dedicated to the art of picture book illustration.

University of Findlay's Mazza Museumopens a new window (Findlay, Ohio)

This museum houses more than 10,500 pieces of picture book art. Its six galleries are ever changing, with different artwork installed in each gallery every year. Don't miss their Funday Sundays which include activities, games, and a story time geared around a specific theme once a month.

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Artopens a new window (Amherst, Massachusetts)

The Carle is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading and art through picture books. It houses more than 11,000 objects and includes three galleries, a theater, and picture book and scholarly libraries. Make sure to stop by the art studio to create your own open-ended art project.

Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museumopens a new window (Springfield, Massachusetts)

Check out fun Seuss-inspired interactive exhibits which allow families to explore new sounds, vocabulary, and rhyming as well as create their own stories.  The second floor of this museum recreates Dr. Seuss's studio and living room and includes family photographs and letters, and art that's never been publicly displayed before.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literatureopens a new window (Abilene, Texas)

The NCCIL collaborates with picture book illustrators to create exhibitions of their art. After debuting at the NCCIL, the exhibitions travel around the country to other museums, libraries, and galleries. Also enjoy their free family art activities every Saturday.

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